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Douglas: Arizona's 'state of education is poor'

Diane Douglas delivered her State of Education speech Wednesday in Phoenix. The state schools chief didn't directly address Arizona's crisis in education funding, but declared that the "current state of education in Arizona is poor." ... Read more»1

Az lawmakers find some good, some bad in State of the Union

Most members of Arizona’s congressional delegation said they found something to like in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday – and some areas where they thought it came up short.... Read more»2

McSally backing plan to fund permanent Nat'l Guard border deployments

The U.S. Border Patrol would have greater freedom to patrol federally protected lands, and the National Guard would be fully funded for permanent border security operations if a key Texas Republican has better luck on immigration legislation with a new Congress. Rep. Martha McSally is also signing on to the Secure Our Borders First Act.... Read more»3

Want to go to Cuba? 6 tips to decipher the new rules

The U.S. government’s new regulations to travel to Cuba are confusing as they change the rules but not the law.... Read more»

Mexican troops arrest alleged cartel gunman over student disappearances

It was the latest of nearly 100 arrests in the investigation into the abduction, and suspected killing, of 43 students in September.... Read more»

BBC Pop Up bureau stops in Tucson

A mobile bureau of the BBC is spending a few weeks in Tucson, and is asking for input on what local stories they should share with their global audience. Tucson is one of six stops for BBC Pop Up, a crew of reporters who just spent a frozen month in Sioux Falls, S.D.... Read more»1

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'I've Been to the Mountaintop' - Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, the nation remembers Martin Luther King Jr., who has been gone longer than the 39 years he lived, but his impact remains. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life, April 3, 1968: "I've Been to the Mountaintop."... Read more»

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MLK: 'I have a dream'

Video: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."... Read more»

Sun Link streetcar schedule shifts

Tucson's modern streetcar will see its timetable adjusted to fit ridership patterns, with less frequent service on Sundays and more cars on the rails Thursday and Friday nights, officials said. The new schedule goes into effect Monday.... Read more»1

Arizona splits along party lines in immigration vote

Arizona’s delegation split down party lines on a bill to fund Homeland Security while stripping funding for President Obama’s executive action on immigration. New Rep. Martha McSally also straddled the fence, voting against an amendment to block Obama's action, but approving the final bill after the amendment passed.... Read more»

Threatened bird puts brakes on Coronado National Forest mine

Federal regulators recently pulled back approval for exploratory drilling for copper near Patagonia. The area could be home to yellow-billed cuckoos, which were recently declared threatened, as well as other endangered species like jaguars and Mexican spotted owls. ... Read more»1

Az law will require students to pass 'citizenship test' to graduate

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Thursday requiring every Arizona high school student to pass the same civics test required of new citizens. Supporters say the change addresses a lack of understanding among young people about how the U.S. government works.... Read more»1

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After Charlie Hebdo attack, reflecting on the war on journalism

The attacks in France highlight the need for everyone — including governments — to defend journalists' right to report.... Read more»

Ex-BP agent gets prison in money-laundering case

A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his involvement in scheme to launder drug money. Raimundo Borjas was arrested in 2013 for having deposited drug proceeds at a credit union in 2010. He pleaded guilty last year.... Read more»

Gun advocates take up - and make - arms at Texas Capitol

As Texas lawmakers convened for the first day of the 2015 legislative session Tuesday, about a dozen activists carrying a variety of firearms gathered in front of the state Capitol to protest gun laws. ... Read more»1

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